City police sergeant's exam found to be free of tampering Investigation of 2nd test, for lieutenants, continues

February 13, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A monthlong investigation into whether portions of 600 sergeant's exams were compromised has found no evidence of tampering, and promotions could be made in a matter of weeks, the city police commissioner said yesterday.

But the chief said it could take up to 45 days to complete an unrelated probe into allegations that answers were leaked from a lieutenant's test and from a promotion exam for the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Those allegations prompted the transfer of a police major last week.

Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier would not comment on specifics of the investigations, but he said the probe into the sergeant's test is nearly complete.

"I don't have any reason to believe that exam was compromised," he said. "I think we will be making promotions off of that list soon."

Seven vacancies exist for sergeants, and Frazier said he expects eight or nine openings by the time promotions are announced. Sources have said the review of the sergeant's exam started when questions were raised about the other two tests.

The continuing investigation focuses on Maj. Goldie S. Phillips Jr., former commander of the crimes against persons unit, which includes the homicide unit. He was transferred to the property section Feb. 6 until the matter is resolved.

The transfer was because of "allegations of improprieties in the testing processes," Col. Steven A. Crumrine, chief of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, said last week. He would not comment further.

Sources familiar with the investigation have said Phillips allegedly leaked test answers to an officer from the Southern District, where Phillips worked before he was promoted. The test was taken by officers who wanted to transfer to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

The sources said yesterday that Phillips was allowed to review an answer key that incorrectly listed answers to two questions. In one case, the key listed the answer to a question about DNA as "generic" engineering, instead of the correct response, genetic engineering.

Sources said the Southern District officer answered both questions with answers matching those on Phillips' key. The sources also said she had the highest score of the two-dozen officers taking the test.

The officer -- whom sources identify as Sharon L. Goodman, a five-year veteran -- remains on patrol in the Southern District. She could not be reached for comment. Phillips declined to comment yesterday.

Frazier said the probe may be expanded to include other officers.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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